The Luxman 550 or 590 aII or ax. New or used these amps should fit your budget and from my experience offer excellent sound.
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If you could find a great deal on new or used, the McIntosh MA6600 integrated amp. Superb in many ways. On the not nearly as much money, but very excellent the Marantz PM8004. For your high limit of spending the Marantz reference high line would be worth looking into, the PM8004 is so good [$1000.00 msrp.] that spending more may not yield much bang for the buck or ear. I have both the MA6600 and PM8004. You could not go wrong with either for sure.
Much out there, Harmon Kardon, Yamaha, etc. All the above posters have excellent choices as well. Good hunting, post your final pick.
I agree with Tpreaves....The Rogue Audio Cronus would be a great choice. Depending on your speakers and listening room, you may find the non-Magnum version to be perfect for you, or you may need the extra power of the Magnum. For me, the original non-Magnum version matches beautifully with my system, my room, and my ears. Call Mark O'Brien at Rogue .... he's always very helpful. Good Luck and Happy Listening.